August 17, 2014

Warren wins by 2 in Denmark

Marc Warren fought through rain and wind to close with a 3-under 68 and earn a 2-stroke win at the Made in Denmark.

Farso, Denmark ( - Marc Warren fought through rain and wind to close with a 3-under 68 on Sunday and earn a 2-stroke win at the Made in Denmark.

Warren, who won for the third time on the European Tour, finished at 9-under- par 275 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort. This was Warren's first win since the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship.

"Absolutely delighted. I'm over the moon. I played really well this weekend. Really, really solid. It was good to see a couple putts go in there on the back nine. Obviously, I was very aware of the situation I was in," Warren said.

Bradley Dredge, who shared the lead entering the final round with Warren, carded a 1-under 70 and ended alone in second. Phillip Archer posted a 2-under 69 and grabbed third place at 4-under 280.

Local favorite Thomas Bjorn, Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell all closed with 2-under 69s. They shared fourth place at minus-3. A pair of Danes -- Lasse Jensen (67) and Thorbjorn Olesen (71) -- tied for seventh at 2-under-par 282.

There was a 1-hour, 15-minute weather delay early in the round due to heavy rain.

Warren and Dredge shared a 3-stroke lead entering the final round. Dredge missed the green at the first and failed to get up and down for par. That dropped him one back, and he remained there despite a birdie on the third.

Warren also birdied No. 3. He made it two in a row with a birdie at the fourth. Dredge stumbled to a bogey on the fourth to fall three back. He didn't get closer than two the rest of the way.

After his two birdies, Warren parred three in a row from the fifth. He stuffed his approach shot inside a foot at the eighth and kicked that in for birdie,

The Scotsman gave that right back as he bogeyed the ninth to drop to minus-8. Warren was three ahead at that point, but Dredge inched within two with a birdie on the 11th.

Warren rolled in a 6-footer for birdie on No. 12 to push his lead back to three. Dredge answered with a short birdie putt on the 13th. Both players then birdied the 14th as Warren stayed two back.

Dredge traded a bogey for a birdie from the 16th, and he headed to the last two shots back.

Warren 3-putted for bogey from the back fringe at the last, but Dredge also made bogey to give Warren the 3-shot win.

"You know last weekend (I shot) 66-67 at the PGA Championship and 66-68 here, I think it was the new driver I put in the bag last week. That has been the key to the whole game," Warren admitted. "A hole like 17, it would be kind of easy to lay back, and get in the clubhouse, but with the new-found confidence, I hit a driver down there."

Dredge, who was playing in just his sixth event of the year, posted his first runner-up finish since he finished second at the 2009 European Masters.

"Considering I haven't had a chance to win a tournament for a long time, it was (good to have) a chance to win a tournament," Dredge said. "Mark did play really well today, and I just wasn't playing quite well enough. It would have been nice to push him a little bit harder the last few holes. The putt on 16 was a poor one."

NOTES: Warren earned 250,000 euros for the win and he will jump to 20th in the Race to Dubai standings ... The tour heads to the Czech Republic next week for another new event, the D+D Real Czech Masters.

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